This Bookworm’s Christmas Acquisitions

Christmas isn’t just about the gifts, but I thought I’d share some of my gifts that I’m excited to dig into.

givethemgrace Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson. This has been on my to-read list for awhile – it’s officially now on my 2014 Books To Read List.



DehydratorBible_800 The Dehydrator Bible by Jennifer Mackenzie, Jay Nutt, & Don Mercer. We love using our dehydrator, but I thought I could use more ideas of things to do with it. The thing I love about this book is that has a variety of recipes, including things to give as gifts, and just-add-water mixes that would be perfect for camping or backpacking.




babyknits  Baby Knits Made Easy by DK. Yes, I’m learning how to knit. I think I should have another hobby besides reading, right? I’m excited to try some of these projects. Technically, most of the things can be made larger so they’d fit David as well. I love how the patterns are cute, but not super elaborate.  There’s a variety of patterns, too, from stuffed toys to blankets to clothing.



quilling  Thrilling Quilling by Elizabeth Moad. Ever since I borrowed a quilling book from the library, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at it. But, I told myself I’d put a book and the supplies on my Christmas wishlist and see what happened. Well, I’m all set to go now once David takes a nap and I have my other work done!




I’ve never included magazines on this blog before, but I received a subscription to Mother Earth News, and I’m excited to read it.  And sometimes as a stay-at-home-Mom, getting the mail is the highlight of my day. Josiah and I are into gardening, cooking, and “homesteading” type things, so it’s a good fit for both of us.


In Case You Wanted to Learn How to Knit

I’m working on a knitting project. Before you get too impressed, let me tell you about what happened last night. To summarize, I ended up having to start completely over. I was not happy. I’m slightly scared to try again, but I guess I really can’t go backwards any further.

I took a beginning class at our local library, but to supplement my learning, I also checked out some beginning knitting books.  These are not to blame for last night.

Knitting 101 is my favorite. knitting101 I actually decided to buy it. (It was either that or keep checking it out of the library until I am no longer a beginning knitter.)  This book includes basic instructions with helpful photos and projects that build on each other. (And the projects do not look like they came from the 80s.) There is a DVD too, but I haven’t used it yet. I know there are resources on Youtube and knitting websites, but sometimes I still find books most helpful in learning new skills.

Right now I’m working on a lace neck-warmer thing (not sure of the technical term). I think part of what I need to learn is how to correct myself without taking out too much work. Guess that’s what my knitting group is for. That and moral support and chocolate.

Here are two other books from the library: Getting Started Knitting and Simple Knitting.  They were fun-looking, but I liked Knitting 101 because it seemed more user-friendly for some reason.